Chun Quoit, West Cornwall
Chun Quoit is one of the most visually attractive and best-preserved of all the Cornish quoits, a type of megalithic structure consisting of large stones set upright to support a massive horizontal capstone, enclosing a small chamber that was probably used for communal burials. The quoits were usually built in places of spectacular scenery, and Chun Quoit is no exception. The ocean is visible to the north west and the south west, and the view extends to the distinctive Carn Kenidjack, which marks the position of the midwinter sunset.
Chun Quoit, the only quoit in West Penwith whose capstone has not had to be re-settled, has the look of a giant stone mushroom, with the huge capstone measuring in at three meters by three meters and nearly a meter thick. It stands roughly two meters above the ground, supported by four substantial slabs. There is evidence of an entrance passage to the south east, within the area that would once have been covered by a mound of earth. Although the site was examined in the late nineteenth century, there were no major finds, probably due to the nature of the soil. Chun Quoit is believed to date from 2400 BC, two millenia ahead of Chun Castle, an Iron Age hill fort located two hundred meters further up the hill.
Chun Quoit is easily accessed from a public footpath that leads from the main road past Chun Farm, between Penzance and Morvah.
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